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Fast Facts About High School RIO™

For fast facts about High School RIO™ and the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study click on these links of interest.

See How RIO™ Works

See High School RIO™ in action. View the demo site.
Use "demo" as the username and password to enter the site (note: the change password function has been disabled).

What is High School RIO™?

High School RIO™ is the internet-based data collection tool used in the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study. This study, currently the only surveillance study of all time-loss injuries in a national sample of US high school athletes, was first implemented during the 2005/06 academic year and has been maintained annually. First established as a high school correlate to the highly successful NCAA Injury Surveillance System, the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study has evolved over time to best fulfill the needs of the high school sports community of student athletes, parents, pediatric sports medicine clinicians, high school athletic directors, local/state high school athletic associations/administrators and the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations).
 
High School RIO™ captures athletic exposure (number of athlete practices and number of athlete competitions per week), injury (body site, diagnosis, severity, etc) and injury event (mechanism, activity, position/event, field/court location, etc) data weekly throughout the academic year using certified athletic trainers (ATCs) as data reporters.
 
Dr. R. Dawn Comstock and her staff analyze this data to describe the rates, patterns and trends of high school sports-related injuries. Such epidemiologic analysis is the necessary first step toward the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based, targeted prevention programs to reduce the number and/or severity of injuries among high school athletes.
 
Stated more simply, by understanding the who, what, why, where and how of injuries, we can offer recommendations to make sports as safe as possible for student athletes. Thus, High School RIO™ data is used to encourage as many student athletes as possible to safely play sports which will in turn increase physical activity, improve physical fitness levels and lead to life-long healthy behaviors.

Which Sports Are Studied?

Boys' Sports Years Studied
Baseball 2005/06-2011/12
Basketball 2005/06-2011/12
Cheerleading 2009/10-2011/12
Cross Country 2011/12
Football 2005/06-2011/12
Ice Hockey 2008/09-2011/12
Lacrosse 2008/09-2011/12
Soccer 2005/06-2011/12
Swimming & Diving 2008/09-2011/12
Track & Field 2008/09-2011/12
Volleyball 2009/10-2010/11
Wrestling 2005/06-2011/12

 

Girls' Sports Years Studied
Basketball 2005/06-2011/12
Cheerleading 2009/10-2011/12
Cross Country 2011/12
Field Hockey 2008/09-2011/12
Gymnastics 2008/09-2010/11
Lacrosse 2008/09-2011/12
Softball 2005/06-2011/12
Soccer 2005/06-2011/12
Swimming & Diving 2008/09-2011/12
Track & Field 2008/09-2011/12
Volleyball 2005/06-2011/12

How Does the Study Work?

Weekly throughout the academic year certified athletic trainers at study schools log onto the study website to report data.

See High School RIO™ in action. View the demo site.
Use "demo" as the username and password to enter the site (note: the change password function has been disabled).

History of The National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study*

This important ongoing prospective surveillance study was originally developed in 2005 by Dr. Comstock with methodological consultation/guidance/support from several sources including the following:

Who Supports High School RIO™ and The National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study?

This study is funded through a combination of sponsor sources including research grants and unrestricted research donations.

2012-13 Sponsors
CDC
NFHS
NOCSAE

2011-12 Sponsors
CDC
NFHS

2010-11 Sponsors
CDC
NFHS
BREG

2009-10 Sponsors
NOCSAE
NFHS

Prior Sponsors
NOCSAE
NFHS
CDC
Eye Black
Donjoy
The Ohio State University
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Dr. Comstock is grateful to these sponsors for their generous support of High School RIO™ and the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study. Their contributions have allowed this important surveillance study to continue uninterrupted since 2005/06. Continuous maintenance of surveillance systems over time is crucial as one of the most powerful uses of surveillance studies is the tracking of trends over time.

If you or your organization would like to support High School RIO™ click here.

How is High School RIO™ Data Used to Keep Student Athletes As Safe As Possible?

Dr. Comstock and her staff work closely with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and individual sport Rules Committees. In addition to providing data upon request to the NFHS as emerging issues arise, Dr. Comstock prepares annual summary reports (see below), prepares more detailed sports specific reports upon request for individual sport Rules Committee meetings and attends the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee meetings as an Ex-Officio member in order to provide this committee with detailed reports upon request. This interaction with the NFHS gives Dr. Comstock the opportunity to provide the NFHS with the data needed to drive evidence-based discussions of potential risk management/safety efforts (rule changes, improved protective equipment, educational programs, etc) while also giving Dr. Comstock the opportunity to receive input from the various NFHS committees on ways to update/improve High School RIO™ to make it as useful a tool as possible for the high school sports community.

Dr. Comstock has also shared High School RIO™ data upon request with the NATA, NOCSAE, NCAA, researchers from other academic institutions and the CDC, NCIPC. If you or your organization would like access to High School RIO™ data please contact Dr. Comstock at highschoolrio@nationwidechildrens.org or (614) 722-2400.

In addition, Dr. Comstock and her staff share High School RIO™ data with the high school sports community through a variety of means detailed below.

Study Reports

Visit our RIO™ Study Reports page to view the annual summary reports from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study.

Collaborators

Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine offers a complete understanding of the student athlete. Their staff of doctors, athletic trainers and physical therapists are trained to provide age-appropriate care for their patients. They emphasize the importance of early injury recognition and treatment in order to prevent recurring injuries. In addition to treatment, they partner with parents and coaches to focus on injury prevention, conditioning and age-appropriate activities. The Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Westerville is the only dedicated pediatric sports medicine facility in Ohio.

 

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